The Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, is scheduled to be at the NEC in Birmingham on the second day of the show (Wednesday 5th November), whilst Minister of State for Transport, Baroness Kramer is also due to attend on the third and final day of the show on Thursday 6th.
As well as being able to see first-hand a wide spectrum of innovations in the bus and coach sectors from more than 280 exhibitors, both the Secretary of State and the Minister will also – no doubt – be keen to have the opportunity to hear latest industry thinking and views presented at two seminar programmes that will be taking place as an integral part of Euro Bus Expo 2014.
Subject to Parliamentary business, the Secretary of State will be taking a tour of the show on Day 2 (not on Day 1 as was originally scheduled) and meeting with a number of exhibitors and industry representatives, before making a Keynote Address (11.35am) as part of the show’s Master Class Theatre seminar programme. The Master Class programme at Euro Bus Expo 2014 is a highly popular part of the show, providing an opportunity for well-informed insight and debate on a range of industry issues – both current and future.
Minster of State Baroness Kramer will also be making a Keynote Address, and this will be taking place on the Environment Stage area of the show during her planned visit on Day 3 of Euro Bus Expo 2014. The Live Environmental Stage area at the show will once again provide an important platform for a number of senior industry figures to highlight how a variety of initiatives are helping the European bus and coach industry to become ever more environmentally efficient and sustainable.
Speaking ahead of the show, Simon Posner – Chief Executive of the Confederation of Passenger Transport CPT (UK) – commented; “The show has always enjoyed strong interest and support from Government and we are grateful that both the Secretary of State and the Minister have accepted invitations to attend Euro Bus Expo 2014. Their planned attendance reflects not only the importance of the public transport and coach tourism sectors to the social and economic fabric of the nation, but also the key role that the show continues to play both as a shop window and a barometer for every aspect of our industry.”
Show Director Mark Griffin added; “We are delighted that both the Secretary of State and the Minister are planning to make time in their respective schedules to visit the show this year. The bus and coach industry has an enviable record of innovation across many facets such as improving accessibility, attracting more passengers and enhancing their travelling experience, delivering ever better environmental performance and increasing the use of smart technology. Visiting Euro Bus Expo is a great way of keeping up to date with the latest developments and trends across all these key areas.”